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Honorary title (academic)

Honorary titles in academia may be conferred on persons in recognition of contributions by a non-employee or by an employee beyond regular duties. This practice primarily exists in the UK and some universities and colleges in the United States, Australia and Canada.

Examples of such titles are Honorary Professor,[1] Honorary Fellow, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Honorary Reader, Honorary Lecturer (normally applies to non-teaching staff, who give occasional lectures),[2] Visiting Fellow (normally applies to students carrying out further studies and research programmes),[3] Industrial Fellow.[4]

Also various professional bodies, such as the Royal Institute of British Architects also have honorary fellowships.[5]

In Germany, visiting lecturers and private lecturers can be conferred the titles of "Honorarprofessor" or "Außerplanmäßiger Professor" respectively after several semesters of successful teaching.

Honorary title sometimes permit non-employees to enjoy the privileges available to regular staff members, such as access to facilities and libraries, parking permit.

See also


  1. ^ "Honorary Professor (Teaching)". of Sheffield). Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Honorary Academic Titles for Non-Employees". (Imperial College, London). 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Visiting Fellowships". Souls College,Oxford university). Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "York scientist awarded Royal Society Industry Fellowship". (University of York). 15 April 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "RIBA announces 12 Honorary Fellowships". 6 October 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 

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